Johnny Romeo, Civil War, 2019, acrylic and oil on canvas 101cm x 101cm.jpg
 Katherine’s paintings are a riot of beautiful bedlam, where a   tangled mass of audacious blooms takes center stage in gardens pulsing with life.   “I’m interested in our relationship with the earth and the contrasting ideas this presents about control, conforming, normalcy, and freedom to be yourself.    The flowers I paint express the human traits that society is often least likely to celebrate, yet are most natural - the audacious and the colorful, the damaged and the shady, the wild and carefree. The flowers that are garish or fading don’t care what we think. They put on their best show day after day regardless of our adulation. Their beauty is courageous and that courage is beautiful”.   Working in loose painterly brushstrokes, Katherine presents the flower in a completely new light. These paintings are strong, bold and filled with conviction. Tactile impasto sits above sweeping transparent oil washes; saturated colours hover over barely covered canvas. The contrasts are striking, beguiling and slightly unsettling.  Katherine has a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan, USA. Her interest in the flower began during her Masters research into the history of design. For Katherine, painting the flower is celebrating and championing all that’s feminine – the beautiful, the emotive and our connection with the earth.